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Question Re plating chrome dorade vents?

I need to re-plate my chrome dorade vents. I looked into a professional and it was costly, I could spend just a little more and replace them with stainless. I’m thinking I could re-plate them myself. How, what, has anyone done this before and were the results worth the effort. Any suggestions would be appreciated?

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I spray painted some once and they came out really nice. Easy and cheap.
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Re-chroming them isn't really something you can do at home. You might be better off sanding them and then painting them.
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I I’m thinking I could re-plate them myself. ?
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The quality of chrome plate required for marine environment is significantly higher than for non marine. I'm not an expert on the subject but my work involves exterior lighting where we require chrome than can be used on beach houses. If you were to try and do it yourself, if indeed that is possible, it would almost certainly result in pitting and corrosion in a very short time. Either pay the money or paint them.
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Chef, have you checked you Yellow Pages and tried to deal directly with a local "chroming and plating" shop?

Depending on the shape they are in, they will be acid-dipped and polished down to a smooth base layer, then they may need multiple coats of chrome and more polishing along the way. It's not a simple or fast job and there are EPA complications with the chemicals these days too.

If you can find a real chroming shop, and drop yours off to have them done in a batch with other work (instead of scheduling just for you) you may get a better rate. Make sure they understand marine use and the need for really heavy plating.
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Alright, I finally took the dorades off since I am sanding and cetoling the dorade boxs...

so does anyone have any recommendations for someone in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or DC?
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Powder coat them, ( or check into it at least ) most PC'ers will have chrome PC, among others, even some that look like SS

And if you PC the outside Chrome or SS, you can then have the thoat PC'ed to match the boat accent
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What kind of materials can be chrome plated?
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The best thing to do is go to your local Harley shop and ask them where the best places are for chrome plating. Bike customizers are chroming various parts all of the time.
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I'll second a couple of the suggestions. Powdercoating is relatively inexpensive, durable and there are a myriad of colors. As for chroming, duffer has a good idea to get in touch with you local bike shop. You may be able to piggyback on their next order. One thing though is things can get lost at the platers. I've had friends that have lost entire car bumpers at the platers!
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